After many years of skipping meals followed by late night takeaways and a recent diagnosis of a non-alcoholic fatty liver, last Monday I weighed myself for the first time in months and clocked in at 19st 8lbs, a weight which requires me to lose nearly 3.5 stone just to be considered overweight rather than obese! After my first week of ~800 calories a day, I have managed to lose just over 8lbs and thought I should write a few notes down to help motivate me to go through the full 8 weeks and to transition into a more healthy eating pattern.
1. Keeping to around 800 calories has been fairly easy and I’ve not often felt hungry. I have however been feeling tired for the last couple of days. This morning, getting out of bed required a bit of effort, even though I’d been asleep for just over 8 hours. I’ve been drinking well over 2 litres of water a day (closer to 4), so I’m hoping it’s just a couple of day thing as I felt fine over the first few days which are normally supposed to be hardest. Likewise, I’ve been feeling a little mentally fuzzy – not for day to day tasks, but when having to concentrate on more demanding things. Did anybody else have similar problems?
2. While keeping to the calorie limit hasn’t been a problem, keeping the carbs down has been. I’ve been eating around about 100g of carbs a day according to myfitnesspal. This is pretty much entirely due to my deciding to switch to a vegan diet. I’ve searched for lower carb recipes, but when most of your protein comes from legumes it’s difficult to eat really low carb foods, even when cutting out bread, pasta etc. I’ve searched this site for advice, but if any vegetarians / vegans had any advice to reduce this further, it would be much appreciated.
Anyway 1 week down, 7 to go. Starting weight 19st 8lbs, current weight 18st 13.5lbs.